SNAP to IT: Intro to Photography Workshop

It’s about freakin time you learned how to use that camera of yours. Yes, I’m talking to YOU. I’ve seen those photos on facebook…the ones without any substance or life to them. Heck, half of them are even blurry! C’mon man!

Now’s your chance to change all that.

3-hour intensive, hands-on workshop that will change the way you take pictures forever. That’s more like it!

Have you ever snapped dozens and dozens of photos only to look at them and say, “Yikes. I need to work on my photography skills.”  Or better yet, you can’t even tell what it is or why you were even taking the picture in the first place!

With the wonderful world of technology, we all have access to a camera practically every single minute of the day.  This is a very good thing.  On a whole, we are taking more and more pictures than we ever have before.

The problem, though, is that we are spending less and less time really learning HOW to take a good picture.  The result of all of this is that we end up having literally thousands and thousands of photos that never really get a second look because…well, what’s there to look at?!  (yes, this includes me)

Learn How To Take Better Photos

Imagine how fun it would be to sit back and watch the last year of your life unfold through gorgeous, illustrative pictures that truly capture your past experiences and emotions.  How many more memories would you be able to remember?  Imagine what kind of heirloom those albums would become to your kids and grandkids!

Photography is a skill that brings ongoing rewards an entire lifetime and beyond.  Isn’t always fun to delve into old photographs of your parents when they were young?

And this workshop will transform your abilities to take better pictures.  That is the major benefit.  You will have dramatically increased your knowledge and foundation, which will allow you to confidently take better pictures from here on out.

I don’t care what they say, photography IS something that can be learned by anyone. It is not some innate talent that only certain people are blessed with at birth. There are lots of things that you can learn that will help improve your pictures. I have personally seen dozens of individuals with remarkably diverse backgrounds and personal traits that have all acquired the necessary skills to create and capture better pictures.


Who Is This Thing Really For?

The workshop is specifically designed for the beginner photographer, not those that already have a good understanding of using a dslr camera on the Manual setting.

It is for those that the words “aperture”, “shutter speed” and “ISO” sound like a foreign language, but one they would like to learn to speak.

It is for those that are captivated by photographs that tell a story and those that dream of capturing the beauty of their own everyday life. (And trust me, there is more beauty there than you think.)

In this workshop, you will find original content that I have developed over the last six years that will help you go from the know-how of taking a picture to truly capturing emotions and moments of your life.

This course is ideal for:

Moms & Dads: who better to take those fleeting yet oh so memorable moments of your kids that happen each and every day?  No one is better positioned to do that than you.  Kids are very honest and open about their feelings when they are around people they feel comfortable with.  And that is the best possible time to capture their personalities!

Some of my all-time favorite photos that I’ve ever taken include ones that I took while playing around with my kids.  Is there any chance I could have gotten those types of images/reactions at a photo studio in town?  No way!  It’s all because of the relationship they have with you and the comfort level that exists.  Take advantage of it!  Not to mention wowing all of your friends on facebook with your recent candids of the kids in the backyard.





Globe Trotters & Travelers: If you are like me, each time I visit someplace I’ve never been, I just get absorbed by the new sights and surroundings.  I’ve seen that those times have produced some really outstanding photos because you are so observant about each and every detail.

This workshop is great for those that travel frequently. With some basic training, you can turn your business trips or vacations into photos that will impress even your boss.  Here are a few photos I took while over in Italy right after learning some of the basic settings and functions (nearly a year before I ventured into the photography industry).  *Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to discover what time of evening to shoot, which is one of the many things we’ll go over.



Sports Nuts (definitely me): One of the biggest regrets of a lot of athletes is the lack of documentation of their storied (at least to them) sports career.  I am the same way.  It pains me not to have more photos of me and my friends snowboarding while growing up.  We were incredibly big into the sport with competitions, road trips, etc. but have only a few measly photos to show for it.  Don’t let this happen to you, sport.  Trust me, you will thank me later.  And your kids won’t be able to discredit your fabled sports accomplishments as easily either!


{shot of my nephew’s kamikaze attempt on my brother during an epic boogie board battle at the lake}

What Do I Need? 

All you need is a DSLR camera and a pair of eyes (preferably working ones)

What You Will Discover:

  • Why pictures need to be taken and their lifetime value
  • General rules for composition
  • My personal tips for telling a story with your photographs
  • How to capture emotions & moments, not poses
  • Lighting: how to work with the lighting you have available
  • The essential foundation of shooting in Manual mode: ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture
  • My personal photography style
  • The process I take for capturing an image & what happens next

Extras included just for you:

  • The option to share your photos and get feedback from myself and other students
  • Links to help you grow as a photographer
  • Ideas for photo related projects
  • Quick reference guide (to keep with your camera)

Workshop Cost:

275 bones

How Is The Workshop Set Up?
Essentially, this is a 3-hour private classroom format, with the option to remain an extra hour to continue shooting with me side-by-side for some additional hands-on insight.  The workshop is limited to 10 people in order to ensure adequate attention to each person.  The workshop will consist of a good mix of instruction, hands-on application, Q&A, and critique and review.

What This Class Is Not:
This is not a class for professional photographers or those wanting tips on creating a photography business. (For those that are interested doing that, please contact me at  We will lightly touch on post processing, but will not go in-depth. I will do my best to field questions outside of the curriculum but may not be able to field all such questions during the allotted time. This is also not a class for those that already understand how to shoot in the full Manual mode.

When Is It?
I’m currently restructuring the schedule due to my extensive travel schedule but will likely have spots opening up at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. Please email me for more information:


Mark Thackeray is a self-taught photographer that documents destination weddings and personal portraits for select clients across the nation.  He is a champion of candid, photojournalistic photography that reveals his subjects’ true character and personality and enjoys a long track record of working with some of the wedding industry’s top venues.  His work has been featured nationally and internationally for several years. Mark is married to his wife (of course), Ali, and they have 4 kids (all girls). And people say he is a pretty cool guy. At least some say that.